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May 23, 2018
In his last year as governor, Tennessee’s Haslam picked for national education award
Gov. Bill Haslam is being honored for his policy work to expand college access for Tennessee students and prepare them for the workforce.
April 25, 2017
Tennessee has a $2 billion surplus. Here’s a new idea to invest more in schools.
About $250 million of this year’s surplus would go to create a new public education fund under a proposal by Rep. Craig Fitzhugh and Sen. Jeff Yarbro.
March 22, 2017
Tennessee lawmakers advance bill to give undocumented immigrants in-state tuition
A proposal to give undocumented immigrant students in-state tuition passed the Senate Education committee with a 7-2 vote and little debate.
Pathway to college
January 12, 2017
For Tennessee high school students, free community college isn’t about the money. It’s about the branding.
Tennessee Promise has energized the conversation around college in high school, say state education officials and school counselors.
November 22, 2016
More Tennessee Promise mentors needed in Shelby, 43 other counties
Shelby County needs 504 mentors to serve the record number of high school seniors who applied for the state's free community college program.
November 2, 2016
Tennessee Promise needs 9,000 more mentors to help record number of applicants get to college
A record number of Tennessee high school seniors have applied to Tennessee Promise, requiring a record number of volunteers to help those students achieve their goals.
April 26, 2016
For these undocumented immigrant students, Tennessee’s failed in-state tuition bill was personal
In January, six immigrant students, some of them undocumented, gathered after school in an empty classroom at Nashville’s Glencliff High School to snack on Doritos…
The big lift
April 19, 2016
Tennessee has an upward mobility problem. Can schools help?
State education leaders brainstorm about entrenched inequality — and schools’ role in reversing it.
March 22, 2016
McQueen announces task force to examine workforce preparation in schools
The state's new 28-member Career Forward Task Force is comprised mostly of education leaders, government officials and business leaders.
College and career readiness
September 21, 2015
Leaders highlight K-12 schools’ role in ‘Drive to 55’
In the third year of a push to ramp up the number of Tennesseans with postsecondary credentials, state leaders reflect on the role of public schools.
February 9, 2015
Haslam proposes teacher pay raises, urges ‘full speed ahead’ on education agenda
Resurrecting his promise last year to make Tennessee the fastest-improving state in teacher compensation, Gov. Bill Haslam unveils a budget plan earmarking almost $98 million for teacher raises.
August 20, 2014
ACT scores in Tenn. rise, but most students still far from college-ready
Tennessee’s ACT scores improved more last year than they have for a decade, the state department of education announced Tuesday. Tennessee’s composite ACT score…
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